Maintaining and revitalizing Indigenous languages and cultures

Date and Time: 
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

What can it teach the world?

A conversation with Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a Williams

Dreyfus Room 2.02, 26 Russell Square, London, light lunch provided

Lorna Wanosts’a Williams will share what she has learned from carrying out the work of maintaining and revitalizing Indigenous languages and cultures in the communities and the academy in Canada and how these learnings can resonate in the world.

Dr. Lorna Wanosts'a Williams, the chair of First Peoples Culture Council and is an advocate for Indigenous languages and cultures. She is a member of the Lil’wat First Nation of Mount Currie. Until her retirement in 2013 she was the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning, Associate Professor in Indigenous Education, Curriculum and Instruction and Linguistics, and former Program Director of Aboriginal Education at the University of Victoria. Before joining the University of Victoria, Lorna worked at the Ministry of Education as Director of the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Branch. Prior to this appointment, she worked as a First Nations Education Specialist with the Vancouver School Board. Lorna received her Doctorate in Education at the University of Tennessee. She has co-directed a series of videos called First Nations: The Circle Unbroken and has written children’s books, teachers’ guides and developed Lil’wat language curriculum to teach people to read and write the Lil’wat language. Dr. Williams was invested into the Order of British Columbia in 1993 in recognition for her work in education.

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy and Community Development Programme, Birkbeck College, University of London in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and Goldsmiths College.

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